Still no word from Springer on Senate
COLUMBUS - Days away from a decision to run for the U.S. Senate, Jerry Springer is keeping such a low profile he's in another country.

Last call at Saks bar
The party's over in the "Men's Living Room" at Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Cincinnati.

Urban youths test new waters
Nearly two dozen canoes were lodged, side by side, on the muddy shores of the Little Miami River in this Warren County community. It was nearly 10 miles into their five-day canoe trip, and urban youths were learning the hard knocks of life in the wild.

Pulfer: Mean streets?
It was a nasty moment. My mother was holding on to the car door handle. I think she thought I might ram the BMW that kept lane hopping, apparently willing to die for a one-car, 50-second advantage. Actually, I was considering throwing the car into reverse and ramming the guy behind me who kept honking.

Korte: Inside City Hall
When Courtis Fuller took his seat behind Channel 5's anchor desk Monday morning, he took another step through Cincinnati's revolving door of politics and broadcasting.

Howard: Some good news
A gift of $1.3 million from the Bever family of Oxford has pushed the Campaign for LifeSpan to about 75 percent of its goal of $2.2 million.

Tall Stacks asks county for $100,000
Tall Stacks organizers on Monday asked Hamilton County to kick in $100,000 toward the October riverboat festival, saying it's expected to have a $41 million impact on the local economy.

Prosecutors dedicate unit to child abuse
LEBANON - Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel has formed a unit that specializes in prosecuting child abuse and supporting the victims.

Butler court records better
HAMILTON - After complaints about audio recordings' shortcomings - and inaccurate, incomplete transcripts that in-house staff produced from them - Butler County Common Pleas Court decided to try live court reporters.

Heberle students to be at Porter
Heberle Elementary School students will begin the school year at nearby Porter Elementary while their school is being treated for lead paint hazards, Cincinnati Public School officials said Monday.

Type O blood need called 'critical'
Hoxworth Blood Center issued a "critical appeal" Monday for donors with type O blood.

Lockland risks losing schools
LOCKLAND - The Lockland Schools will dissolve in 10 months unless voters approve a money issue before year's end.

Environmentalists trying to halt Mill Creek work
An environmental group is trying to temporarily halt a $2 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project intended to deepen a stretch of the Mill Creek at Salway Park to reduce flooding.

Monroe may vote on tax credit
MONROE - While officials say a tax increase is needed to repair the city's damaged finances, a citizens' group is closer to getting a tax-credit charter amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Boy hospitalized with chest wound in shooting
HAMILTON - A shooting sent an 11-year-old boy to the hospital Monday with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Voinovich pushes higher U.S. gas tax
COLUMBUS - U.S. Sen. George Voinovich wants more federal money for Ohio roads and would back a gas tax increase to make it happen.

Tristate A.M. Report
Marcus Harris, 21, of Golf Manor, pleaded guilty Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to a charge of aggravated robbery.

Money's running out for uranium cleanup
WASHINGTON - A closed uranium plant in southern Ohio will lay off 116 workers if the U.S. Department of Energy does not give the plant about $26 million to continue a cleanup program next year, plant officials said Monday.

Bill Louder, 72, was accounting firm partner, Miami fan
SYMMES TWP. - Bill Louder was a managing partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cincinnati, St. Paul, Minn., and Cleveland before retiring in 1989.

Fletcher, Chandler will debate at NKU
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - An organization of young Northern Kentucky professionals has secured one of the gubernatorial debates between Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Ben Chandler.

Lockbox first evidence entered in murder trial
BURLINGTON - On the day she disappeared, Helen Marlene Major told her sister to give her lockbox to police if anything ever happened to her.

$55M upscale mall proposed
CRESCENT SPRINGS - A Cincinnati developer wants to build a $55 million upscale shopping mall on a 50-acre site off Anderson Road near Interstate 75 that would bring the outdoor "lifestyle" retailing concept to Northern Kentucky.

Covington sponsors Thursday shindigs
COVINGTON - To call attention to Covington's growing restaurant and entertainment district, the city and Covington Business Council are sponsoring Thursday Nights on the Town for the next three months.

Some drivers frown on Ky.'s Smiley plate
LOUISVILLE - The cheerful, smiling sun on Kentucky's new license plate design may have fans, but a Mr. Smiley backlash has brought a surge in sales of specialty plates.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Women take power roles
They run companies and put one another on top boards. They donate to causes. They are Cincinnati's newest elite, a growing circle of powerful women who are shaking up leadership traditions. And when Nancy Zimpher arrives as president of the University of Cincinnati, she'll be warmly welcomed into the fold.

UC leader keeps fast pace, personal touch
MILWAUKEE - Those who have worked closely with Nancy Zimpher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee say gender and style may be what make this 56-year-old chancellor a standout. But it's her ability to deliver results that has changed the face of the university and made an indelible mark on the community.
UC students: What's your advice for the new president?

Great Neighborhoods
Welcome to Norwood-Evanston-Oakley, one of the Tristate's Great Neighborhoods. In the 11th installment of our series, we showcase the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make these communities special.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West ChesterWest side

Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.